A Year in Deno Land
I started working full time on Deno on the 21st of September 2020 and wanted to share some of my thoughts.
Long form rantings from a recovering 7 foot tall cactus.
I started working full time on Deno on the 21st of September 2020 and wanted to share some of my thoughts.
Deno and some CDNs offer an easy and powerful way to develop.
Explaining the different mental model Deno has about managing dependant code.
I've been working on Deno for a while now, and one of the features I am proud of, which I wanted to share a bit more detail on, is how we do bundling.
My early explorations into Deno.
I got the opportunity to attend TSConf 2018. It was the worlds first focused conference on TypeScript and the lead organiser was my former employer SitePen.
After over 11 years of calling the UK my home, Simon and I are moving to Australia.
Having now lived full time outside of the US for over a decade, in the UK where we have socialised medical care. A word I was taught from all aspects as evil and anti-American. I can say without a doubt, I would never go back.
I got to be a fanboy this week.
I am going to try to commit to writing and blogging a bit more.
According to the Telepgraph, Transport for London is about to open a public consultation on several things about “minicabs” that are just insane and are clearly an attempt to try to hinder Uber and other similar “on demand” transport apps.
When the Supreme Court in the US ruled two years ago that the Federal Government could not ignore us as a couple, I broke down in tears.
I am experiencing up close what when I was young was taught was a horrible evil, “socialised medicine.”
On Friday, Simon and I re-wrote history. We walked into the Wandsworth Registrar’s Office and walked out as a couple who had been married since December 2006.
I am coming up on almost 3 years since I have had my Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery. Some people might wonder how I am doing and how does the long term look like for someone with the surgery. Well, the news is good.
Yesterday I was in tears, in the office.
Being “gay” does not dominate my life and I don’t often think about being “gay”. I do often thing of my civil partner, Simon, much as I would assume any married couple would.
I have been working on a few things which I will be trying to campaign for as being part of Dojo 2.0.
I have been messing around this weekend with Object.defineProperty and realising some unanticipated behaviour when using accessor properties and prototype inheritance.
Being an American expatriate, especially living in the United Kingdom, gives a particular perspective on US society. I think this is highlighted during the Presidential election, when you see Americans en masse struggle with the concepts of equality and fairness.
Unlucky for me, I have had another up close and personal experience with the “evil incarnate” that US public opinion raised me on of socialised medicine. Paul Ryan’s recent comment about “death panels” have made me again desire to speak about my experiences.
With the release of Dojo 1.8, I thought I might share my thoughts on criticisms of Dojo and if I think they are valid. So I am going to try to take an honest look at those criticisms and give my opinion of where the community is at.
I tried, I really tried TextMate, but having dealt with an alpha of 2 for a long time with no clear indication of what is going on, dwindling community innovation and just a few really annoying things that I couldn’t continue to put up with, I have this morning tried Sublime Text 2 and I am afraid I am not looking back.
Ok, what is becoming a bit of a trend, I am adding a third to my series on forthcoming features in Dojo core in 1.8.
It seems that my dojo/request article got a few views, so I figured I would take a moment to talk about dojo/promise, another major enhancement in the core of the Dojo Toolkit in 1.8. Mark Wubben rewrote the promise API while keeping it compatible with the “modern” Dojo promise API.
In the forthcoming Dojo Toolkit 1.8, the dojo/request package, written by Bryan Forbes, has some really “cool” features in my opinion.
On the 6th December 2006 I entered into a civil partnership with Simon. It was about a year after the UK made such an option open to us. I encountered the immigration officer years later as I became an immigration advocate in the UK. He indicated to me that my proposed civil partnership visa was the first one he had ever issued.
Ok, coding nerd moment here. I have been becoming more and more involved in my spare time with the Dojo Toolkit. For me it keeps my mind in an enjoyable "problem solving" mode, which I enjoy, versus necessarily all the fun of being a senior IT manager affords itself, where I wouldn’t get near the sharp end of code even if I wanted to.
I have tried to make New Year’s resolutions before, but they usually come to naught. So this isn’t a news years resolution post, this is just a plan.
My boss and I recently went on trip to India. We called ourselves "Two Idiots Abroad" which was apropos we felt since we worked for Sky and Sky had the TV Show An Idiot Abroad.
Well, the other week I attended my 20 Year High School Reunion. First was the shock and horror realising that I graduated High School over 20 years ago. Then was the realisation that I felt a compelling need to go back.
While this might be a controversial topic for some, a gay couple considering surrogacy, for Simon and myself it has become a realistic proposition. This weekend we attended the Alternative Families Show 2011 in London.
Ten years on and I still remember that day very well. I was working in Dublin, at a client site, looking down onto College Green. It happened that there were two other American’s in the office with me, my boss and a peer of mine. It was just another day.
A while ago, I wrote about my Gastric Sleeve surgery, and figured it was about time to provide an update. So 7 months on, and where am I at?
As I posted before, I had an accident when I was away in Canada on holiday. As an American living in the UK, I had always been stigmatised since I was young that “socialised medicine” was a bad thing, so it was with a bit of trepidation that upon my return to the UK I was going to have to jump into it with both feet.
Well, I held off telling anyone (except my boss at work), but I guess now is a good as time as any. I had a pretty serious bike accident when I was in Mont Tremblant on holiday.
Being a US expatriate, I feel it gives me a luxury of a 3rd party view of things in the US. While I have been a Democrat in my mind for a long time,it is more of a curiosity what happens.
I often find myself questioning the collective wisdom of the UK. The situations with the News of the World is one such moment.
I was reading an article in Slashdot today that got me thinking. I remember seeing an article about how Netflix represent 1/3 of network bandwidth in North America.
I am a little disappointed in this recent post from CNN. It really is only giving a narrow view of the subject. It is suggesting that bariatric surgery does not affect the mortality rate, but when you actually read the article, it indicates it is a fairly narrow study.
On the 10th of February, I had a gastric sleeve, which is a surgery that removes 75-80% of your stomach and essentially turns your stomach into a tube (or “sleeve”).
I have been working with the dojo Toolkit for a couple of years and one of the things that I had to do was implement a RESTful class handler in PHP to support the ability to implement RESTful services.
I read a review that said "Sometimes, expectations are exceeded... Welcome to that day."
I used to keep a quite regular blog, but I stopped some number of years ago.
Ok, I will admit I have been totally remiss in keeping my blog up to date.
I have been losing weight since I went to Structure House in October 2006. Originally 318 lbs, I have gotten myself down to around 228 lbs on most days. My original goal was to get to 218 lbs by September 2007 and it looks like I might make it.
What can you say about a number?
Well, it seems that the Universities partly got their way with the rate increases.
I am a fairly active member of the UK Yankee community on the web, a community that provides support and information to US expatriates in the UK.
Mr. Reid suggested yesterday on the BBC that there be a clamp down on illegal migrants.
IND is proposing that fees be increased for visas. While it is going to the House of Commons to be debated, it is unlikely that it won't be approved.
Here is my recent (January 2007) experience in apply for my National Insurance Number after receiving my Civil Partnership FLR Visa and getting a job.
Come April 2, 2007, the IND will no longer issue Indefinite Leave to Remain to foreign nationals settling in the UK have have been married to their spouses for over six years.
Now I am not naive enough to think that the NSA doesn’t do things to spy on American’s without proper oversight or permission, but the amount of information that has come to light is rather amazing and takes consideration.
I was reading an editorial by Paul Johnson in the May 8th, 2006 issue of Forbes magazine. He suggests that political parties are the root cause of most corruption in the world. He makes a strong argument, that in a democracy, parties limit the will of the people.
Well, it was going to happen sooner or later... And now it has happened.
This article on OSNews tries to argue for Sony and Hi-MD over "mp3 players". I used to be a huge fan of MiniDisc, but I am afraid it has failed as a format.
Immigration in the United States has been at the forefront of the news the past several weeks. I have my own opinion on what should be done about the "illegal immigrant problem."
Ok, more Asterisk news… It seems that my friends at GDS Partners have been busy.
I recently heard from my friends at GDS Partners that are working in the Asterisk and Genesys space. I also have noticed a few hits on my web page about GVP and Asterisk. It inspired me to keep up with my Asterisk experiences.
It has been several years since I have been able to travel like I have wanted to. In order to celebrate my return to determining my own destiny, my partner and I have decided to go to New Zealand for 20 days.
It is amazing, that in what you consider a moderm society, that you find out that certain things are not as you would expect.
This has been brewing in my mind for a while now. I see a lot of what is being said in the media about “cartoon demonstrations” and what I see is a lot of fear.
There has been much ado about Google’s decision to filter search results in China.
Every once in a while I read an article on the Internet about electronic voting, and most of the time it is about how bad it is.
The US Department of Justice, in hopes of proving that the government needs more control over the lives of its private citizens after being told it cannot by the Supreme Court, last year requested that the top search organizations hand over information on the search terms of private citizens.
Wacko people saying they blew up their new $20 bills by microwaving the RFID tags out of them can be found here.
It seems that Clarke has gotten his wish after his appearance on 60 Minutes. The hounds from hell have been unleashed on the earth.
This low carb thing sucks! I feel like crap, but I am losing weight.
Ok, maybe I got a hang-up with devient sex, but oh well. This from odd news from Reuters.
From the News of the Weird...
Someone ran into my mailbox yesterday, knocked the mailbox of its post and left it lying in my driveway. I didn't even get as much as a little note.
Do you ever feel like your sense of humour is unappreciated? Do you feel sometimes it isn't even worth telling people what you find funny, because no one is going to laugh as loud as you do at something?
I love The Smoking Gun. It always amazes me how us average people can become really weird in an instant, and how famous people have just as many problems as us.
Well... I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, I just kept hoping for later. My Mitsubishi 900u monitor "blew up" yesterday.
Well, all I can say is that it was nice that Lord of the Rings won 11 Oscars.
I was a bit frustrated last week. I had purchased tickets long ago to see Rufus Wainwright in concert.
I was watching Real Time with Bill Maher and Sir Ian McKellen was on. The subject of gay marriage came up.
Well, finally couldn't stand it anymore.